Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Physician talks up women's total health

By Peggy O'Farrell
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Dr. Nancy Snyderman wants more women to talk about their health.

        So on Thursday, Dr. Snyderman, national medical correspondent for ABC's Good Morning America, will join a panel of local physicians, nurses and health care specialists at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown for Healthy Journeys: A Conversation on Women's Health.

        The program will provide coping strategies and reminders about how to prevent health problems common among women, such as heart disease and depression.

        The focus needs to be on keeping the whole woman healthy, Dr. Snyderman says.

        “We're taking a slightly different tack,” Dr. Snyderman says. “We're going to combine women's physical health with the body and the mind and the soul.”

        In her latest book, Necessary Journeys: Letting Ourselves Learn from Life,Dr. Snyderman, a board-certified otolaryngologist(ear, nose, throat specialist), writes about the difficult lessons she's learned in her personal life through divorce, illness and depression, and the profound impact of a woman's state of mind on her physical health.

        “The healthier you keep yourself, the more you have to give to others,” she says. “We have a big plate in life, and we can scoop as much stuff on it as we want. But we also need to push some off. We have the control and the power. It's our journey, not someone else's.”

        The media are paying more and more attention to women's health, but women still need to speak up on their own behalf, Dr. Snyderman says.

        “That's easier said than done, but I think that if women know that if they don't take their own health care seriously and put themselves at the epicenter of their lives, they have less to give to everyone else around them.”

        Thursday's program will begin at 7 p.m., with a dinner at 6 p.m. To register, call the TriHealth Spirit of Women HealthLine, 475-4500. The program is sponsored by TriHealth Spirit of Women and Group Health Associates and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.


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